Landscaping and Hardscaping Trends for the Mid-Atlantic Area in 2023

1. Outdoor Water Features

In 2022, outdoor water features such as fountains, ponds, and waterfalls gained popularity as a way to create a peaceful and calming atmosphere in outdoor spaces. These features can also help mask noise pollution from nearby streets or neighbors and is predicted to be popular in 2023.

2. Vertical Gardens

For folks living who may have limited outdoor space, vertical gardens have become a popular way to bring greenery into small spaces. These gardens can be created using a variety of materials such as living walls, trellises, and hanging planters.

3. Smart Irrigation Systems

Smart irrigation systems have been gaining popularity in recent years as a way to reduce water waste and save money on water bills. These systems use sensors and weather data to automatically adjust watering schedules based on the needs of the plants.

4. Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is a trend that focuses on connecting people with nature through the use of natural materials, colors, and patterns. This trend has been applied to both interior and exterior design, including landscaping and hardscaping. Biophilic design can help reduce stress, improve mood, and increase productivity.

5. Warm and Cozy Lighting

In 2022, warm and cozy lighting was a popular trend in outdoor lighting design. This includes the use of soft yellow or amber lighting instead of harsh white light. This type of lighting can create a welcoming and intimate atmosphere in outdoor living spaces.

6. Large Pavers and Slabs

In hardscaping, large pavers and slabs have become a popular trend. These large pieces can create a more modern and streamlined look, while also reducing the number of seams between pavers or stones.  Some samples can be found on our Gallery.

7. Outdoor Kitchens

In recent years, outdoor kitchens have become increasingly popular, and this trend is expected to continue in 2023. Outdoor kitchens can include everything from simple grilling stations to full-fledged outdoor kitchens with appliances, countertops, and seating areas. These spaces are designed for cooking and entertaining and can add value to a home.

8. Earth Tones and Natural Materials

In both landscaping and hardscaping, earth tones and natural materials have become increasingly popular in recent years. This includes the use of natural stone, wood, and metal in hardscaping, as well as the use of native plants and natural materials such as mulch and compost in landscaping. These materials provide a timeless and natural look that can complement any style of home.

9. Privacy Screening

In 2022, privacy screening became a popular trend in landscaping. Homeowners are using various materials such as hedges, fences, and trellises to create private and secluded outdoor spaces. Privacy screening can also help reduce noise pollution and create a more intimate atmosphere in outdoor living areas.

10. Fire Features

Fire features such as fire pits and fireplaces have become increasingly popular in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue in 2023. These features can provide warmth and light, as well as create a cozy and inviting atmosphere in outdoor spaces.

11. Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

In the Mid-Atlantic area, water conservation has become an increasingly important issue in recent years. As a result, drought-tolerant landscaping has become a popular trend. Drought-tolerant plants require less water and can thrive in hot and dry conditions. These plants can include succulents, cacti, and other plants that have adapted to survive in arid environments.


These are some of the landscaping and hardscaping trends that are expected to be popular in the Mid-Atlantic area in 2023. Whether you are looking to create a peaceful and relaxing outdoor space or a functional and entertaining area, these trends can provide inspiration for your next landscaping or hardscaping project.

When you’re ready to begin your outdoor living space, give Rhine a call at 420-442-2445 or contact us today!